- Join a team dedicated to developing the next generation of medical imaging technologies
- Located at the Brain & Mind Centre, Camperdown Campus
- Full-time fixed term until Jun 2021 with base salary $92K - $98K p.a plus superannuation
About the opportunity
We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of an international collaboration between the University of Sydney and the University of California Davis. In this role you will support the development of a novel preclinical imaging system that enables simultaneous brain imaging and behavioural analysis of conscious, freely moving mice. This work is expected to fill an important technology gap in behavioural neuroscience and ultimately contribute to a better understanding of the biological mechanisms underpinning deficits in learning and motor function that occur in brain disorders, such as dementia and depression. The project is based in Sydney where you will work closely with Steven Meikle and Andre Kyme and have the opportunity to collaborate with members of the Cherry lab at UC Davis.
In this role you will:
- build and characterise novel detector modules and a complete PET (positron emission tomography) scanner prototype
- integrate the PET scanner with a motion-controlled gantry and motion tracking technology to perform motion-corrected imaging of freely moving animals
- validate the entire system using phantoms and real subjects
- assist with the supervision of PhD and honours students
- present the outcomes of this work at national and international conferences and publish in relevant quality journals
The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:
- relevant tertiary qualifications, including a PhD in a relevant area of physics or engineering
- experience in algorithm development and data analysis methods, especially related to medical imaging
- excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective collaborative working relationships
- excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
- demonstrated ability to manage workflows and multiple complex projects and meet deadlines
- experience in electronics and hardware development, detector instrumentation or PET research is highly desirable.
Take this opportunity to further develop your research career in the field of medical imaging under the leadership of world experts. Your contribution will build capacity in biomedical technology and advance health outcomes for the global community.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health research, sciences and education. We achieve this through encouraging international collaboration across all our research endeavours, and through strategic partnerships that are global in their reach.
We strive constantly for excellence in intellectual enquiry, academic freedom and integrity. To support these goals, we provide an engaging and stimulating student-centred learning and teaching environment, attracting some of the best students and researchers in Australia.
Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.
We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.
How to apply
For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.
All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 523/0319F to apply.
Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 21 April 2019
The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.
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